Character Education

Al’s Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices and Al’s Caring Pals: A Social Skills Toolkit for Home Child Care Providers offer comprehensive, proactive approaches to character education. These programs use developmentally appropriate approaches to help young children develop empathy, tolerance, responsibility, self-control, kindness, and respect — qualities that are the foundation of “good character.” Through lessons and activities children learn and practice how to identify their feelings and the feelings of others, express empathy, manage impulses, appreciate differences, and use positive friendship skills such as sharing, using kind words, cooperating, and solving problems peacefully.

In Al’s Pals and Al’s Caring Pals training, educators learn strategies to create classroom environments that reflect the high value placed on positive social behaviors. Here, Now and Down the Road…Tips for Loving Parents sessions teach parents how to practice and reinforce these prosocial skills at home, and how to create a home environment that reflects clear, strong norms that guide children’s choices. Educators, parents, child care providers, and children become partners in creating caring and moral communities — and children gain skills that guide their positive